If you’re a bearded dragon owner wondering if you can feed your pet some leafy greens from your next spring mix salad, you’re not alone. Many reptile owners have this question when looking for healthy vegetables to include in their bearded dragon’s diet.

The quick answer is yes, bearded dragons can eat spring mix in moderation. Spring mix contains leafy greens like spinach, arugula, lettuce, and chickweed that provide key vitamins and nutrients. But not all components may be suitable, and too much spring mix can cause digestive upsets.

An Overview of Spring Mix Salad Greens

Typical Ingredients and Nutritional Value

Spring mix is a salad blend comprising tender baby lettuces and greens like romaine, oak leaf, tango, mache, arugula, radicchio, frisée, and endive. These vitamin-rich leaves make for an excellent nutritional base for bearded dragon salads.

A 2-cup serving of spring mix contains only 25 calories but packs a punch of vitamins A, C, K, folate, iron, and calcium.

The Benefits of Leafy Greens

The assortment of greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, and spring mix provide bearded dragons with:

  • Essential vitamins and minerals for good health and development
  • Water content to help with hydration
  • Roughage for healthy digestion

Small amounts of leafy greens can make great staple foods when mixed with veggies and fruits in a salad. Many owners feed spring mix along with other veggies like bell peppers, squash, carrots, etc. The variety ensures no nutritional deficiencies.

Potential Concerns with Spring Mix

While spring mix makes an excellent part of a balanced dragon diet, some concerns include:

  • Pesticides – Often grown conventionally with chemicals
  • High oxalates – Can potentially bind calcium making it unusable
  • Nutritional imbalances – Too much can lead to vitamin or nutrient excess/deficiency

To mitigate concerns, choose organic spring mixes without preservatives or added flavors. Feed spring mix in moderation as part of a varied salad with other veggies/fruits. Aim for 10-15% greens in the salad mix, with no more than a salad cup amount daily.

Best and Worst Spring Mix Ingredients for Bearded Dragons

Leafy Greens to Feed

Spring mix is a great way to provide bearded dragons with a variety of leafy greens that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Some of the best ingredients in spring mix to feed bearded dragons include:

  • Kale – An excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, calcium, and antioxidants. Kale should be fed in moderation due to its high oxalate content.
  • Collard Greens – Full of calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. Collard greens also contain glucosinolates which may provide cancer-fighting benefits.
  • Mustard Greens – High in calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin E. They also contain antioxidants like carotenoids.
  • Turnip Greens – Provide calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, copper, and manganese.
  • Swiss Chard – Excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, K, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, and fiber.
  • Romaine Lettuce – Rich in vitamin A, folate, vitamin K, and contains a good amount of calcium, iron, and potassium.
  • Dandelion Greens – High in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, and antioxidants. Also helps provide fiber.

These leafy greens provide the ideal balance of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and calcium that growing bearded dragons need. Feed spring mix that contains several of these ingredients 2-3 times per week for a nutritionally complete diet.

Ingredients to Avoid or Limit

While spring mix is mostly packed with nutritious greens, there are a few ingredients that should be limited or avoided in bearded dragon spring mix. Here are some ingredients to watch out for:

  • Spinach – High in oxalates which bind calcium, potentially leading to nutritional deficiencies. Only feed spinach occasionally and in small amounts.
  • Arugula – Also contains oxalates, so feed in moderation no more than once or twice a week.
  • Fruits – Strawberries, mango, apple, etc. Fruits are high in sugar and water content and can potentially cause diarrhea. Only use fruits as occasional treats.
  • Starchy Vegetables – Peas, corn, potatoes, etc. Better to focus on leafy greens than high starch veggies which may impact digestion.
  • Iceberg Lettuce – Low in nutritional value. Provides mostly water and very little nutrients compared to other greens.
  • Cabbage – Goes through fermentation in the gut which can cause gas and bloating issues.

Checking ingredient labels and selecting spring mix free of these items is an easy way to avoid potential health issues. Focus on mixes with more leafy greens and fewer fruits, starchy vegetables, and lettuces like iceberg.

With the right ingredients, spring mix can be a staple green for a bearded dragon’s diet.

Tips for Safely Feeding Your Bearded Dragon Spring Mix

Purchase High-Quality Organic Mixes

When selecting spring mix for your bearded dragon, it’s important to buy mixes specifically marketed for reptile consumption. These mixes follow stricter sanitation standards to prevent contamination from pesticides, herbicides, and harmful bacteria like Salmonella.

Choose mixes that feature organic, pesticide-free leafy greens like endive, escarole, and dandelion greens. Avoid non-organic mixes treated with chemicals, as residues can accumulate in your dragon’s tissue over time.

Chop Greens into Bite-Sized Pieces

Bearded dragons have smaller mouths than humans, so chopping greens into tiny, bite-sized pieces will make them easier to eat. Try cutting leafy greens like kale or collard greens into strips around 1/4 inch wide.

Smaller pieces are safer for your bearded dragon to consume. Large, intact leaves could potentially wrap around your dragon’s tongue and pose a choking hazard.

Feed Spring Mix in Moderation

While leafy greens like spring mix provide beneficial vitamins and nutrients, they should not exceed 20% of your bearded dragon’s total diet. Too much can cause diarrhea or nutritional imbalances.

For young dragons under 18 months old, dubia roaches, crickets, and worms should make up the bulk of feedings. Gradually incorporate more vegetables as your dragon ages. Follow your exotic veterinarian’s recommendations for optimal portions.

Age Ideal Portion of Leafy Greens
0 – 12 months 10-15% of total diet
12 – 18 months 15-20% of total diet
18+ months 20-25% of total diet

While nutritious for bearded dragons, spring mix should always be fed in moderation along with other vegetables, insects, and supplements. Follow these tips for safely incorporating spring mix into your dragon’s routine!


In the end, spring mix can make an excellent supplemental addition to a balanced bearded dragon diet. By choosing quality mixes with vitamin-rich leafy greens, monitoring portion sizes, and following other safety tips, spring mix can give your bearded dragon more dietary variety without digestive issues.

Check with your veterinarian if you have any concerns before feeding new foods.

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